by Liz Geyer
A new personal research study has popped up in my world lately…building new, more healthy habits. When I realized that writing the Creation Exercises almost daily (Because there are those days even within the 90 day practice where life life’s away) was a habit I had built over the last several years, I thought it might be a great topic for our community. This new research is coming with building some new habits for health. The first is that I am getting up early and sticking to it. When I began the 90 day practice a while ago, I had to build time in with Creation to create. For me, it is 5 AM. I was not a morning person, how could I do this? For a long time, I built up the timing by fifteen minutes until I was able to rise this early. Now, it is almost ingrained in my system, just as writing the exercises has become an ingrained practice. I recall Tantra stating that we had to contract time with Creation. That is building a habit. I now see the extreme value of this special time set aside for ‘relating intimately with Creation.’
I am coming to learn to observe that building these new habits is all part of a sacred practice, something that our community will be speaking more about and experiencing in the coming days. Rising early to have time with Creation, to drink more water, which the body needs to stay healthy, to think about what I am grateful for, to have more time for myself, to develop my Self, all of these practices are sacred and beautiful! There is nothing so pleasurable as sitting here at my desk, wrapped in a warm blanket, sipping coffee, listening to beautiful music as I write. What a joy!
When we think about writing the Creation Exercises with the premise that they are a sacred practice, this way to language the practice feels much better than, “I am building a new habit”. This makes me realize that perhaps we can re-purpose the word ‘habit’. My next step was to go to a favorite source, the Thesaurus! Well, guess what popped up right away under ‘habit’? The word ‘nature’! This excites me greatly, as another research study in my world is being seen as my nature. So we are building our nature of being, yes? Step by step, one day at a time, we are coming to know our nature of being through the Creation Exercises.
I loved Victoria’s last blog when she talked about “being seen as her nature of being.” It made me remember being on a walk last week, another new ‘nature of self’ I am building for good health. During my walk each day, there was a beautiful blue heron in a field next to the path. Each day I would stop to be with him. He would stop what he was doing to turn and be with me. I realized reading Victoria’s blog that we saw each other’s nature of being. Such a precious moment it was when I became present to this observation! Now each day, I will look for the heron on my walk, and see if I can communicate between our natures of being more respectfully than before.
Writing the Creation Exercises has certainly become a sacred practice to learn to confidently observe my nature of being. What are your daily practices, and how are they sacred to you? What will you place in your daily ways of being to create time to build something new as you write the Creation Exercises?